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University of Iowa

Scholarly Interests:



Selected Publications:


Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Roeser, R. (Eds.). (in preparation). Mindfulness in education for children, adolescents, early adults, and teachers: Emerging theory, research, and practice. Springer Press.

Peer Referred Journal Articles/Book Chapters

Oberle, E., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Thomson, K. (2010). Understanding the link between social and emotional well-being and peer relations in early adolescence: Gender-specific predictors of peer acceptance. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Hymel, S., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Bonanno, R. A., Vallaincourt, T., & Rocke Henderson, N. (2010). Bullying and morality: Understanding how good kids can behave badly. In S. R. Jimerson, S. M. Swearer, & D. L. Espelage (Eds.), The International Handbook of School Bullying. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Scott, F. (2009). Effectiveness of “The Roots of Empathy” program in promoting children’s emotional and social competence:  A summary of research findings. In M. Gordon, The Roots of Empathy: Changing the world child by child (pp. 239-252). Toronto, Ontario: Thomas Allen Publishers.

Gadermann, A. M., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Zumbo, B. D. (2009). Investigating validity evidence of the Satisfaction with Life Scale adapted for children. Social Indicators Research.

Schonert-Reichl, K. A. (2008). Evaluating resiliency initiatives for children and youth: Current issues, lingering questions, and future directions. Working Paper, The Learning Partnerships’ Resiliency in Canadian Children Project.

Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Hymel, S. (2007)Educating the heart as well as the mind: Why social and emotional learning is critical for students’ school and life success. Education Canada, 47, 20-25.

Hymel, S., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Miller, L. D. (2007). Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic and relationships: Considering the social side of education. Exceptionality Education Canada, 16, 149-191.

Beaudoin, K., & Schonert-Reichl, K. A. (2006). Epistemic reasoning and adolescent egocentrism in adolescence: Relations to internalizing and externalizing problems in antisocial youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence35, 999-1014.

Laye, A.,& Schonert-Reichl, K. A. (2005). Nonsuicidal self-harm in a community sample of adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 34, 447-457.

Schonert-Reichl, K. A. (2003). Adolescent help-seeking behaviors. Prevention Researcher, 10, 1-5.

Sullivan, K., Marshall, S. K., & Schonert-Reichl, K. A. (2002). Do expectancies influence choice of help-giver? Adolescents’ criteria for selecting an informal helper. Journal of Adolescent Research, 17, 509-531.

Schonert-Reichl, K. A.  (2000). Children and youth at risk: Some conceptual considerations.  Refereed paper prepared for the Pan-Canadian Education Research Agenda Symposium, Ottawa, Ontario.  Sponsored by the Canadian Education Statistics Council with the assistance of Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC). Available on-line:

Schonert-Reichl, K. A. (1999). Moral reasoning during early adolescence: Links with peer acceptance, friendship, and social behaviors.Journal of Early Adolescence, 19, 249-279.

Research Reviews/Technical Reports

Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Stewart Lawlor, M., Oberle, E., & Thomson, K. C. (2009). Identifying indicators and tools for measuring social and emotional healthy living: Children ages 5 to 12 Years. Report for the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Lawlor, M., & Schonert-Reichl, K. A. (2009). Resiliency and transitions: Early adolescents and the transition to high school. Report for the Canadian Association for School Health (CASH), Toronto, Ontario.

Schonert-Reichl, K. A. (2007). Middle childhood inside and out: The psychological and social world of children ages 9 to 12. Burnaby, BC: United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Buote, D., & Jaramillo, A. (2006). What Do Kids Do When They Are Not in School? The experiences of children in Canada during out of school time: Summary of findings from focus groups with children and parents. Report prepared for the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Buote, D., & Schonert-Reichl, K. A.  (2006). The “Staying in School, Staying on Track” program for adolescents with FASD: A process evaluation of the transition to work component. Report prepared for the Vancouver School Board and the   Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Research Projects:

What Do Kids Do When They’re Not in School? The Experiences of Children in Canada During Out of School Time (Funding Source: United Way of the Lower Mainland)

Effectiveness of the Mindfulness Education Program on Children’s Social-Emotional Competence, Psychological Well-Being, and Stress Reactivity (with Molly Stewart Lawlor; Funding Source: Mind and Life Institute)

Effectiveness of the Mindfulness Education Program on Children’s Cognitive Control (with Drs. Adele Diamond and Timothy Oberlander; Funding Source: The Hawn Foundation)

A Pilot Study of the Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Teacher Professional Development
Program on Teachers’ Health, Well-being, Job Satisfaction and Professional Dispositions (Robert Roeser, Principal Investigator; Funding Source: Fetzer Institute, Mind and Life Institute)

Development of the Middle Years Development Inventory (MDI) (with Drs. Shelley Hymel and Clyde Hertzman; Funding Sources: United Way of the Lower Mainland, Human Early Learning Partnership, Ministry of Children and Families)

Courses Taught:

EPSE 506
EPSE 585

Professional Honors:

  • 2009 Confederation of University Faculty Associations, BC Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award
  • 2007 Killam Teaching Award, University of British Columbia
  • 2004 Vancouver School Board Recognition Award, (Recognition of outstanding service in promoting students’ social responsibility)